I recently started doing “freelance graphic design” work (in quotes because what). Part of me hates it. Selling stuff that you make is an odd business and perhaps an even odder reason to call a mixtape Voyeurism. As soon as money is involved, people are suddenly interested in your process and want to overlook your creative reaches. I’ll be the first to admit that I make horrible covers all the time, but I know that and put pressure on myself to improve. Added, exterior pressure is completely unnecessary.
I promise this mix isn’t as self-involved as its title. It includes a super fun Snoop Dogg/Oliver Tank mash-up made by Oliver, a solo track by Yeezus producer Arca, an interlude by one of my favorite beatmakers Ta-ku, the best song from Observer Drift‘s free album, a hilariously out of place Death Grips song, and the most hardcore closing tracks of all time. Voyeurism is a freakin’ adventure.
- Wise Blood – Alarm
- Oliver Tank – Drop It Like It’s Beautiful
- Arca – Love You in Chains
- Ramsay Almighty – Vampire
- Ta-ku – Chop
- SAFE – Normal Needs
- Ang Low – Life Goes Down
- Sleeping At Last – You Are Enough
- TV Girl – My Girlfriend
- Observer Drift – Binary Love
- Black Moth Super Rainbow – Old Yes
- Death Grips – Bitch Please
- GROUPLOVE – Ways to Go
- Bipolar Sunshine – Blossom
- Raleigh Ritchie – A Moor
- Jack Magma – SuperPowers
- Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know
- Young Fathers – I Heard
Sometimes we live too fast as it seems, we don’t even look around
This evening I bring to you the second installation of Sunset’s Songs of the Week, a weekly post covering our favorite songs of the week. If you ever fall behind, count on this post to get you up to date on the best releases of the past seven days.
So there’s about a 100% chance that you already know Mikky Ekko from his incredibly overplayed (yet somehow still infectious) song “Stay” with Rihanna. This one is just him, and is produced by certified hitmakers Benny Blanco and John Hill. A carefree, laidback tune perfect for the summer. (Posted by Arjun)
This is an incredibly beautiful remix of one of my favorite artists, Jose Gonzales. A light, sleep inducing, almost transient remix by Dinner Date, this one is perfect for a daydream. Lie in a field somehow, get lost, and enjoy. Thank you to Chuck from The Chuckness for bringing this to our attention via the first edition of Sunset’s “Overlooked” feature.
Akono Miles recently came into the blogosphere, and his jazz infused hip hop is extremely unique. His flow and sing songy hook is both infectious and calming, and he is certainly a name to keep your eyes on going forward–the kid has some serious talent. (Posted by Arjun)
The Arctic Monkeys have been my jam for years. I just saw them recently at Free Press Festival (I was backstage woohoo) and they played this one live. Alex Turner and the crew always kill it, but their sound has, in some ways, transitioned from being whimsical and fun to driving and serious. One of the best contemporary rock bands in my opinion, I’m looking forward to their upcoming album. (Posted by Arjun)
Shouts out to Arjun for always finding music and artists that I love and have never heard of until he brings them into my world via this beautiful little thing we have here called Sunset in the Rearview. This song is a super catchy blend of folk and hip hop influenced instrumentals–definitely a must download. (Posted by Arjun)
Drake kind of went ham this week, releasing a ton of new material and a couple different teasers. You can stream all 4 new tracks above–the standouts to me were Versace and the Jodeci Freestyle. Look out for Nothing Was the Same dropping September 17th. BIG year for hip hop. (Posted by Jordan)
The coolest thing happens on this album by Minnesota-born artist Collin Ward a.k.a. Observer Drift: hip-hop intersects with folk music. It’s a dreamy masterclass of music with rigid percussion and soothing vocals. Each track seems to represent an important aspect of the young artist’s creative mind.
In Collin’s own words:
Fjords is about growth and change. Exploring the unexplored and seeking new vantage points. I think that each song stands for itself and has a separate message rather than contributing to an overall theme. I would try to tell you what each song is about and what actually inspired each one, but that is something I do not even completely know yet. I wrote all these songs as they came to me without stopping to question what they meant or why they existed in my head. So with that said, maybe you can help me with revealing what they mean by listening to them and providing yourself with an explanation of your own. With time and aging, perhaps each song will reveal itself.
[via The Blue Walrus]